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  • 11/04/2020 8:26 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Three challenges plus an incumbent head into Wednesday as leaders in the race for Santa Monica City Council.

    As of 2:07 a.m. Wednesday, challenger Phil Brock leads the field with 15,155 votes, incumbent Gleam Davis is in second with 15,113 votes, challenger Christine Parra is in third place with 14,176 votes and challenger Oscar De La Torre is in fourth place with 13,707 votes. The top four candidates—out of the field of more than 20 contesters—will win a seat on City Council.

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  • 11/02/2020 9:53 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

     This week, the City of Santa Monica launched a new home page at and a new virtual permit counter. 

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  • 11/02/2020 9:50 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The State of California is requiring Santa Monica to build more than 6,000 affordable housing units in the coming years, and city leaders are calling on local residents to help in the effort.

    Santa Monica has been asked to build 9,000 new units between 2021 and 2029, almost double what the city would have been required to accommodate prior to last year’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment, which called on the Southern California region to plan for more than 1.3 million housing units.

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  • 11/02/2020 9:42 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Los Angeles County Treasurer and Tax Collector Keith Knox and County Assessor Jeffrey Prang are alerting the public to an alleged property tax scam perpetrated under the guise of COVID-19 building closures.

    According to the County, it’s being reported that unknown people are attempting to fraudulently collect in-person property tax payments at taxpayers’ homes because of COVID-19, often with fake identification as well as the tax bill for the specific homeowner in question.

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  • 11/02/2020 9:37 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A recent report shows the average rent in Santa Monica has decreased 13 percent since the start of the pandemic in March, a steeper drop than experienced in any Southern California city.

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  • 10/30/2020 8:56 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Two factors have created the residents’ unprecedented concern about our future. What should we as residents expect from our city? As describes it, 

    “The essential character of the city, “its urban character,” evolves through a confrontation of the public and private domains; a constant exchange, a separation and coming together of these two domains. Only when inhabitants live in both domains, can the city meet its full potential for enhancing the life of each, and serve its social and cultural functions.”  

    Applying this definition of a successful city to Santa Monica over the past 20 years of the residents’ lived experience, it’s clear that the instances of the essential synergistic coming together of the public and private domains has been in inexorable decline. Compounding this decline at every step has been the complete absence of clarity about what the future holds.  

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  • 10/30/2020 8:51 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City Council on Tuesday amended its contract with St. Joseph Center by more than $1 million to help between 150 and 200 additional tenants pay rent during the coronavirus emergency.

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  • 10/29/2020 8:34 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    With City revenues "marginally better than anticipated," the City Council on Tuesday closed out the 2019-20 Fiscal Year budget by using $12 million less in reserves than expected.

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  • 10/28/2020 11:42 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Last night, the Santa Monica City Council reviewed and closed out the fiscal year 2019-20 budget and modified the fiscal year 2020-21 budget based on updated financial projections.

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